ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I have lived in New York City for a little over 13 years now, and in that time I have taken the New York City subway more times than I can recall. As far as transportation goes, it is actually a much faster option than taking a car or walking anywhere — because you’re underground, you get to avoid traffic, both of the car and foot variety. It also has its downsides, of course — it can be crowded, or a car can be dirty or a line can be running late. But on the whole, the subway is a much better option than anything else.
Last night Charles Barkley was in town to do color commentary on that compelling Knicks/Nets game for TNT, and to get out to Brooklyn, he rode the subway from Manhattan. Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch went along for the ride, and documented it for all of us to enjoy.
One note: I’ve had people ask me often about what Charles is like off the air, and I always explain that both Shaq and Charles are both pretty much exactly the same on the air as they are off the air. You can see that in this video, such as when the fan on the subway asks Charles who he is picking, the Nets or Knicks, and he says, “Zero plus zero is zero.”